On March 18, 2010, during the annual residency match event, 165 fourth-year P&S students learned where they will start their residencies July 1. The 2010 match was the largest in P&S history, and the Class of 2010, with 166 students, is the largest graduating class P&S has had.
A record 12 couples applied for couples matching at P&S, and all of them were matched together. More than 36 percent of the Class of 2010 – also a record number – took an extra year for research or a dual degree.
Nationally, 16,000 medical school graduates participated in the 2010 Match, the largest in history of the residency matching program. The Match offered a record-number 22,809 first-year and 2,711 second-year residency positions. Neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, and otolaryngology were the most competitive fields for applicants. The number of U.S. medical school seniors matching to emergency medicine residencies increased for the fifth consecutive year.
The National Resident Matching Program, started in 1952, uses a computerized mathematical algorithm, designed to produce the best results by aligning the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs to fill the thousands of training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals. Not only was the P&S Class of 1952 the first to participate in the Match, it also played a leading role in improving it before it started. The match program was created to replace an unregulated process by which hospitals recruited the best graduates as interns with methods that sometimes included bribery. Before the match program was developed some hospitals sought commitments from students as early as their second year of medical school.
“When the plan was explained to our graduating class,” said Jack G. Shiller’52 in an article in the Winter 1985 issue of P&S, “it became apparent that the hospitals had a tremendous edge over the interns. This occurred because of the way the computer program was set up; although the first run of the computer matched both parties’ first choice, the second run of the computer matched the hospitals’ first choice against the interns’ second choice. Subsequently, in every alternate run of the computer the hospitals had the edge and it was transparently unfair.
“When this was fully comprehended, certain troublemakers from Harvard, P&S, and Hopkins met, went back to their schools, raised funds ... and sent a long telegram to the president of the graduating class of every medical school in the country. As a result of this effort a meeting was held in Bard Hall attended by representatives of every medical school, the deans of many major medical schools, and representatives of the American Hospital Association, the Matching Plan, and other interested organizations. The students threatened to boycott the program unless the officials attended the meeting.”
The match program was changed so that a graduate would match with the hospital highest on his or her preference list that offered that student an internship.
Click here to see a list, arranged by medical specialty, of P&S graduates who matched this year.